We have featured scary movies several times over the past year. To find previous recommendations go to the left side of the screen and check out ARCHIVES. There you will find our first Halloween post under October 2008. In February 2009 we reviewed Stephen King; check out May of 2009 which had Dare You to Watch Alone as well as a Hitchcock homage.
A couple of new titles worth a look-see are Joshua with Sam Rockwell. This one is genuinely creepy and I watched it with the lights on. An oldie but goodie is the intelligent look at the nature of evil---The Picture of Dorian Gray. Although it wasn't able to maintain the same high quality throughout its entire run, the first 3 years of The X Files had some truly terrifying offerings.There are cheesy scares with two classics from Vincent Price in The House on Haunted Hill and the Pitt and the Pendulum; and a wonderful story, again with Price, and Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands. And one that should be on everybodies must see list is our teen fright night offering of The Haunting.
Just arriving on our shelves at the moment is a wonderful ghost story from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy). This fim has a great look and is genuinely scary and yet also tragic. My usual approach to scary parts is to watch through my fingers but this made it impossible to read the sub-titles in this Spanish film, so I had to watch! This is my kind of scary story- no blood, no guts, no chain saw wielding in-bred maniacs. Just a tightly developing plot, characters you sympathize with and moment building upon moment until---well, you have to peek through your fingers! Check out El Orfanato---The Orphanage.